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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Tom-all-alone's is a place where ___________.

2. Miss Flite resides at ___________.

3. Lady Dedlock has assumed for years that her daughter had ___________.

4. Young Jo is being held by police because ___________.

5. The subject of Jarndyce and Jarndyce involves ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What purpose does it serve having Lady Dedlock take a shine to the lovely new maid, Rosa?

2. Who is Volumnia Dedlock? Discuss her role and her physical appearance.

3. What foreshadows a relationship between Woodcourt and Esther in this chapter?

4. Dickens brings poverty and wealth together to create intrigue in the story's plot. What is young Jo's involvement in the plot and why is he important?

5. what is to become of Krook's Rag and Bottle house, now that he has died? Is its disposition a surprise?

6. Who is Miss Flite, and what is her interest? What is the significance of her birds?

7. It seems curious that Dickens' characters tend to go to certain places for no apparent reason, such as Jarndyce agreeing to visit Neckett's place. In any case, a curious theme that seems to resurface is the neglect of children. Discuss your ideas about why Dickens continues to bring up this theme.

8. What seems to be the underlying reason for the officer's suspicions about Jo? Can Jo be compared to our homeless population toady?

9. Is Mr. Guppy appropriately named? Why, or why not?

10. Discuss Mr. Gridley's role in the story, Bleak House. What is his relationship to Miss Flite?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write a well-researched essay on England's "work-houses" for the indigent. You should include how they came to be, what they offered, the conditions present, and whether anything like them exists today. If they were closed, when and why did this take place?

Essay Topic 2

Write a well-researched paper about England's system of currency in the 1800s. Determine the name of each denomination and approximately what it was worth, or what it could buy. When did the system change and why?

Essay Topic 3

Dickens' writing style in Bleak House often resembles or illustrates his subject matter. Discuss this idea, and if you agree that this is the author's intent, provide examples.. Does this literary device help to drive home Dickens' points? Is there a name for this method? Give examples and quotes that illustrate how Dickens' writing mimics his subject matter.

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